Jack Sheldon

Jack is Back!

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The title of this CD for the tiny Butterfly label makes little sense, for trumpeter-vocalist Jack Sheldon had not previously retired or disappeared. The date finds Sheldon joined by his big band (with arrangements provided by Tom Kubis) but the personnel listing does not bother to give each individual's instruments. Actually, the leader is the dominant force on each of the selections, but, with the exception of his "There's No Fool Like An Old Fool" and "Too Blue," the repertoire is a bit tired and predictable; dredging up "New York, New York" was not too necessary, and the "comedy" by Merv Griffin and Pat McCormick on "How About You" is pretty weak. Sheldon does play and sing well in spots, but more thought should have gone into making this so-so effort something special.

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